Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 30th, 2019
So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 (NLT)
The Prodigal God
When Oakville’s Chelster Hall went on the market back in 2018, it was the most expensive house on the real estate market in Canada at the time. An example of extravagance, according to the broker, “while the rooms are immense, the wood, materials and furnishings lend a comfortable, homey feel. From ubiquitous chandeliers and custom cabinetry to European-influenced fireplace mantels, top-drawer quality abounds.” The house was listed at 59 million dollars.
One of the most well-known parables of Jesus is that of the prodigal son. It is the story of a young man who decides he is going to leave home so he asks his father for his inheritance and leaves to live a selfish and self-centred life. He soon finds his money gone, and ends up homeless, eating what the pigs won’t. It is a sad and all too common story. Meanwhile the Father waits longingly for his son to return home, and eventually he does. Luke 15:20 tells us this: “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” I often ask people what they think the word prodigal means. Most think it means wayward, or wild-living. It actually means “spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.” So it wasn’t just the son who was prodigal. It was the father as well, who puts his ring on this son, and his best robe and throws him a party. That’s how much God loves you, and if you will return to Him, He will freely and extravagantly pour out His love and blessings on you.
These have been words from the heart.